Ubiquitous at state fairs and farmers’ markets, kettle corn is an easy snack to make at home. This basic recipe uses nothing more than salt and sugar for flavoring, but you could add in some spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, or five-spice) if you like.
1Heat the oil over medium heat in a large pot until shimmering. Add the kernels, cover with a tightfitting lid, and shake to evenly distribute. Once the kernels start popping, gently shake the pot until the popping subsides, about 2 to 3 minutes.
2Remove from the heat, immediately sprinkle with the sugar and salt, and toss to combine.
Corn kernels always go flying when you cut them off the cob, but it's easy to keep them in check with this simple trick from the CHOW Test Kitchen's Christine Gallary. All you need is a bowl, a paper towel, and a short knife. When you're ready to try out this technique, put it to use in our Tomato, Tomatillo, and Corn Salad recipe.
Corn on the Cob in Your Cubicle?
Craving that barbecue favorite corn on the cob, but stuck in the office all day? Don't worry, CHOW.com's Meredith Arthur shows you how to quickly and easily make fresh corn on the cob using a microwave.